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Request for Proposals Posted – Responses Due Nov 2!

Oct 6, 2016

Today the PPA posted a call for proposals to: 1) build capacity for improved health, safety, and economic empowerment in artisanal mining communities; 2) strengthen upstream independent monitoring via civil society and upstream engagement; and/or 3) measure impacts of due diligence. The full RfP is posted on the PPA website. Responses are due on Wednesday, November 2.

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Save the Date! November 9 and 10 – PPA Member Meeting 2016

Jun 30, 2016

Consultation with members revealed a strong interest in convening the PPA’s annual meeting alongside other major events, to maximize attendance and minimize travel burdens. This year’s meeting will be held alongside the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) meeting in Santa Clara, California, in November. PPA Members will meet from 8:30 – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, prior to the CFSI member meeting that afternoon. PPA members will also be welcome at the CFSI conference on November 10, which will feature joint programming with the PPA. Please note that Tuesday, November 8, is U.S. Election Day. For information on registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot in your home state, please see https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/registration-ballots.

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PPA Recognized by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power recognized the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) in her remarks before the UN in late March. Ambassador Power underscored the United States’ commitment to promoting stability and institution building in the region, including US engagement in aid and institution-building programs, and further cited the US Government’s “strong support for the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Trade in Minerals, which we hope will enable supply chain solutions that encourage the legitimate trade of natural resources.

In her statement – which stressed the importance of rule of law, government accountability, and respect for human rights in creating the environment required for peace and economic development – Ambassador Power expressed concerns about recent trends in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi to delay scheduled elections and to suppress protest and critical commentary by civil society, opposition groups, and the media. Ambassador Power exhorted those nations’ leaders to prioritize their countries’ stability and preserve the progress observed in the last decade by changing this course of action and instead promoting democratic processes.

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PPA May 13, 2016 Alignment Meeting Summary and Documents Now Available

Jun 23, 2016

On May 13, the PPA convened its eighth Alignment Session following the ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Paris. In addition to the PPA’s tripartite Governance Committee, the meeting was attended by representatives of the ICGLR and its member states, as well as in-region systems operators. Discussion covered: implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism and opportunities to collaborate and strengthen its implementation, alignment and credibility; updates from the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor Office; and opportunities to harmonize and improve efficiency of information collection and sharing by upstream organizations and governments with downstream industry and civil society. RESOLVE’s summary of updates, challenges, considerations, and next steps has been posted to the PPA website.

Materials shared at or following the meeting are available (or will be posted when available) below:

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Save Act Mine Project Fraud Hotline and Artisanal Miner Manual

Jun 30, 2016

A grant to Save Act Mine has just wrapped. With the PPA’s support, Save Act Mine operated a telephone hotline to receive reports of suspected illicit trafficking of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in North and South Kivu. Save Act Mine conducted investigations to verify claims and inform appropriate authorities. Save Act Mine also produced a graphic manual (akin to a comic book) on due diligence risks. The manual will be distributed to artisanal miners, traders, exporters, and other upstream actors. Once final reports are approved by the PPA Governance Committee and In-Region Work Group, they will be posted on the PPA website, along with the manual (in English, French, and Lingala).

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$150k+ in Supplemental Contributions to the PPA!

Jun 30, 2016

Several PPA members have made noteworthy contributions in recent months. A grant from U.S. Department of State will support RESOLVE’s secretariat services in all of 2016. In addition, member organizations Google, GE, Sony, Apple, and Blackberry have made supplemental contributions to the PPA’s funding pool – a total of $150,000! A portion of these voluntary contributions has already been committed to support new grants by the PPA to IPIS and the ICGLR (see below announcements on new projects). Current remaining funds will support approximately one medium grant or 4-5 small grants to support in-region projects in the remaining year of the PPA MOU (which expires in August 2017). The PPA Governance Committee requests that all members consider a 2016 supplemental contribution to the PPA to allow additional grant making and activities.

The PPA provides a vetted, safe, and flexible channel for organizations seeking to support responsible trade in the Great Lakes Region. By joining together, funders maximize the impact of their contributions. To discuss making a supplementary contribution to the PPA, please contact RESOLVE (tken...@resolv.org; jpey...@resolv.org).

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PPA Launches Grants on Gold Trade and Regional Ombuds Role (IMCA)

Jun 30, 2016

The PPA initiated two new grants in the first half of 2016. A grant to the ICGLR will support the first year of the office of the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor (IMCA), which serves as ombuds to investigate concerns about implementation or fraud within the Regional Certification Mechanism. The focus of this first year, however, will be to build the capacity of the office by developing systems and relationships that must be in place for investigations to occur. Dr. Jean Didier Losango was appointed on March 1, and the grant will continue through February of 2017.

A second grant was approved to IPIS to pilot a system to collect, assimilate, and disseminate information on gold mining and trade (including OECD conformance) by civil society actors and state agents in and around two major gold trading hubs in the DRC. The project kicked off in April and is expected to continue through early summer 2017. A first report is expected this summer and will be made available to PPA members.

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European Partnership on Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

Jun 30, 2016

A new public-private partnership among European Union stakeholders was announced in mid-May. The European Partnership on Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is still scoping its membership and activities, but will have a global focus – in line with EU legislation on conflict minerals. RESOLVE has worked closely with the Dutch Foreign Ministry to prepare a Frequently Asked Questions document for members of the PPA and other interested parties. A press release with more information about the announcement is also available.

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ICGLR Seeking Assistant for IMCA – Application Deadline July 15

Jun 30, 2016

The ICGLR is seeking an administrative and research assistant to the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor. The assistant will provide administrative and technical support in designing and delivering the IMCA’s investigation program. The full job announcement is posted on the ICGLR website; applications are due by COB July 15.

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Great Lakes Investment Conference Held in February

Jun 30, 2016

The Private Sector Investment Conference for the Great Lakes Region was held February 24-25, 2016 in Kinshasa, DRC. This event convened political and business leaders to highlight regional investment opportunities and to offer recommendations for signatory countries, the private sector, and development partners to can contribute to regional integration, economic cooperation, inclusive development, and lasting peace and stability. The event was organized by the ICGLR and the Office of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes and hosted by the Government of the DRC. The conference website hosts several background materials and executive summary and full versions of the final conference report, which outline the recommendations made for signatory countries, the private sector, and development partners.

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